2006 Adelaide Biennial

of Australian Art

21st Century Modern

4 March - 7 May 2006


A large survey of current Australian art inspired by modernism, this Biennial registers a shift away from the melancholic collapse of certainty that underpinned post-modern art. Artists respond to the collaborative, experimental or utopian spirit of modern art movements, give a digital twist to modern forms, pay homage to modern artists and revive childhood encounters with modern design across its multidisciplinary forms.


Metal Skelter
Vanila Netto, Metal Skelter, 2006-06, digital print mounted on aluminium, 80.0 x 87.4 cm; Courtesy of the artist and Sherman Galleries, Sydney.


Artists include Brook Andrew, James Angus, Frank Bauer, Janet Burchill & Jennifer McCamley, Domenico de Clario, Debra Dawes, A.D.S. Donaldson, Gareth Donnelly, Diena Georgetti , Shane Haseman, Rafaat Ishak, Narelle Jubelin, Anne-Marie May, John Meade, Arlo Mountford, Vanila Netto, John Nixon, Rose Nolan, Robert Owen, Andrew Petrusevics, Scott Redford, Jackie Redgate, Robert Rooney, David Rosetzky, Slave (Kain Picken, Rob McKenzie, Nick Selenitsch and Christopher L G Hill, with contributions from Lizzy Newman, Mikala Dwyer and Grant Stevens), Daniel von Sturmer and Anne Wallace.

To complement the Biennial exhibition, the Art Gallery of South Australia will present an exhibition of modernist art and design from its collection, including works by Roland Wakelin, Ralph Balson, Grace Crowley, Ludwig Hirschfeld Mack, Margaret Wirth, Frances Burke, Clement Meadmore, Stanislaus Ostoja-Kotkowski and many others (gallery 6). Additionally the Francis Bacon Triptych, on loan from the National Gallery of Australia will be on display for the period 24 February – 2 April. (gallery 16).


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